Will the inquest be reported in the papers?

All inquests must be held in public in accordance with the principle of open justice.

This means that members of the public and journalists have the right to attend. However, parts of a very small number of inquests may be held in private for national security reasons.

Whether journalists attend a particular inquest, and whether they report on it, is a matter for them.

Suicide notes and personal letters will not usually be read out at the inquest unless the Coroner decides it is important to do so. If they are read out, their contents may be reported. Although every attempt is made to avoid any upset to people’s private lives, sometimes, in the interests of justice, it is unavoidable.


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